7th ranked TCU beat Texas Tech for the third time in five meetings this season in dramatic fashion Sunday at the College World Series, as Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Horned Frogs gave up the lead in the top of the inning, for a 3-2 victory.
Tech’s Tyler Neslony drove a ball the right-field wall for a 2-1 lead for the Red Raiders. TCU responded when a run scored when second baseman Alec Humphreys, who had just entered the game, overthrew first after stopping Cody Jones’ grounder up the middle. Jones went to second on the play and scored on White’s two-out base hit to left.
Virginia’s Nathan Kirby, the co-ACC Pitcher of the Year, and Artie Lewicki combined to toss the first one-hitter at the CWS since 1983 when Alabama did so against Arizona State and only the fourth since the first series with aluminum bats in ’74. A single by Errol Robinson in the third inning was the only hit Kirby allowed in seven-plus innings in a 2-1 walk-off win against the Rebels.
Ole Miss tied the game after Lewicki gave up two walks, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI groundout to make it a 1-1 game in the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Papi ripped a double to right-center to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff for his ACC-leading 55th RBI. The Cavs were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position through the first eight innings.
On Tuesday, Virginia will face TCU in the winner’s bracket and Ole Miss and Texas Tech play in the second elimination game.